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in the military. we want to raise taxes on the wealthy, we want to make investments in education, and job training, and infrastructure and basic research and development and don't want to imposed a huge burden on the poor and working class. at least we have a budget now and at least democrats now can show that deficit reduction can be done responsible. responsibly. >> the lack of a bunt has been an effective talking point for republicans. why do you think they haven't reached an agreement? >> because they're democrats. they have a hard time reaching an agreement about anything. that's why they're democrats. the progressive caucus shows that it is possible to reduce the budget deficit by taking even more away from big corporations reducing corporate welfare to an even larger extent reigning in tax loopholes, and so-called tax expenditures. the democratic budget and senate budget is a very good place to begin. i think the progressive caucus's budget is much better. >> analysts are saying this budget is to the left of obama. many on the left would say we should have expected that. does this give the
in the entitlement programs and have you debunk them one by one. the first lie the payroll tax hike is killing the retail economy. that is false there? >> well, there are a couple of things false there. first of all there is no payroll tax hike. what happened on january first was that the payroll tax rate was restored to what it was two or three years ago. let's not forget what we're bound to forget at one point or another that we reduced the payroll tax on employees by 2 percentage points as a way of producing relief in these economic hard times for americans. so it was really an economic relief program not a cut in social security tax. and i think what is it really at work here is that critics of social security are the enemies of social security want to paint the program as though it's too expensive for america to sustain. that's really--that is really a lie because in fact social security benefits in this country are far--they're paul trypaltrycompared to what other countries have. >> cenk: that leads to lie number two entitlement benefits for millionaires and billionaires is a huge proble
in your mailbox. it's called austerity. last decade, we had two wars off the books while cutting taxes for the wealthy. there are ways to fix our deficit, but don't hurt the poor and middle class a carbon tax creating capital gains and income. apparently we don't really hate
taxes to accommodate to the sequester cuts. do you have any plans for these cuts. >> i wish i could say things are going to be okay. americans are socialized in thinking there is frank capra capra-istic ending and the mean 'ol banker will see the errors of his ways and the town will pitch in. the fact of the matter is the only serious outcome of these cuts is more mass suffering from low income people. organizations like mine couldn't possibly think of compensating for this. look, every charitable meal distributed in america equals 1/ 1/20 of the meals funded by the government. we have a domestic peace corp program. we just learned that our program is going to be shut down in new york city over the next few months because the sequestration. we're hoping that there will be future funding down the line but right now soup kitchens and food pantries that were expecting to help and young people who were hoping to serve in their community are out of luck. that's the reality of what is happening today. the truth is with the exception of current tv and a few other outlets the media has basical
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